What to do with Santa’s Stomach

stop signWhen I recently pulled up at a stop sign, I read it as the acronym: “STOP: Special Time Of Prayer.” So I decided from then then on to try and remember to have a special time of prayer for our nation every time I saw a stop sign. I not only need to pray for my nation, I need to be reminded to pray for my nation. It’s the same with Christmas. It’s a good reminder for me as to why I exist as a Christian and to what I should be doing. While some argue that Christmas is pagan, commercial, or even demonic, I use it (like the stop sign) as a reminder, that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, as well as a reminder to take every opportunity to preach the gospel to the lost.

They are the ones that need to hear its message.

I’m sure you know the story of the Good Samaritan. He’s the one that showed that he loved his neighbor as himself by tending to the needs of a stranger. His example should be the normal practice for human beings, but it’s not. This is evident when someone returns a wallet that is full of money or he gives his jacket to a homeless person on a cold day. Such kindness becomes instant and national news (especially around Christmas), and the fact that its newsworthy is a testimony of the rarity of human kindness. Continue Reading →

Bodie Hodge Speaks About The War on Christmas

139786707_aWorking at a publishing company means being surrounded by books. LOTS of books.
Have I mentioned that I love books?
I also love Christmas.

And as this Christmas approaches, I am understandably reminded of the first book that was shared with me when I was hired last November, The War on Christmas.  Written by Bodie Hodge of Answers in Genesis, it was, and still is, one of the most incredible books on Christmas I’ve ever read.   If you’ve ever had questions about the changes in Christmas traditions and beliefs throughout history, you would probably feel the same.  War on Christmas answered questions I didn’t even know I had and from the first time I picked it up, I wanted to know more. Recently I was finally granted an opportunity to ask Bodie Hodge a few of my many questions. Continue Reading →

Days to Remember: The Pilgrims

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“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (1 Pet. 1:1).

These “strangers” to whom Peter wrote his two epistles were actually “pilgrims.” He used the same Greek word (parepidemos) in 1 Peter 2:11: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts.” The word means a resident foreigner, and its only other New Testament usage is in Hebrews 11:13, speaking of the ancient patriarchs, who “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

DTR_Pilgrims3We give honor on Thanksgiving Day to the American “pilgrims,” as they called themselves (thinking of these very verses), who left their homelands in order better to serve God in a foreign land. The “pilgrims” to whom Peter was writing likewise had been “scattered abroad” for their faith (note Acts 8:4).

For that matter, every born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is really just a pilgrim here on earth, ambassadors for Christ in a foreign land. “For our conversation is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). That is, we are citizens of heaven (the Greek word translated “conversation” in this verse is politeuma, meaning “a community” or “citizenship”), and are here only for a time to serve our Lord until He calls us home.

While we are here, we may endure many trials and sorrows, just as did those Massachusetts pilgrims, but He nevertheless supplies our needs — just as He did for them — and we ought to abound in thanksgiving, as they did. Continue Reading →

Six Ways to Get an Unspeakable Joy

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The celebration of Thanksgiving was originally set aside as a day to thank God for His provision, but for many it’s become like the ever popular “moment of silence.” Years ago when there was a national tragedy, people didn’t become momentarily silent as a sign of respect. They prayed. That was the normal thing to do. It was also once normal to have God at the center of Thanksgiving. As Christians we should celebrate Thanksgiving every day, but for some a thankful heart can wane.

depressed_comfortRecently I received the following question from an Associate Pastor. He said, “The last couple of months something has happened to me on the inside. I don’t know what it is but I have lost all desire for ministry. I still pray daily and read the Word, but things of ministry have no interest to me. I just cannot seem to stir myself back up. Any advice you think may help?” Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks…

“We do not care of what we have, but we cry when it is lost.” – Russian proverb

thanks_CraigWell, it’s the month of Thanksgiving here in America… a time to reflect on the gifts God has given to us this year. There is a new trend on social media where people post something they are grateful for each day and it’s awesome. But it’s had me thinking lately about some of those things I never give thanks for…
Things I just take for granted.

That list includes things like air or waterthough they’re never on my wish list, they are great to have each day! Oh and what about a bed to sleep on? A car to get to work in? And a job… yes… a job I actually like! My “unthank” list could go on and on and on… Continue Reading →